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Parents guide to drugs

Parental concerns often reflect a sense of helplessness along with a genuine uncertainty about both what is actually going to happen and the right course of action to adopt.
 
This guide up-dated in December 2013 by the Public Health Department, working in partnership with agencies Island-wide, will help you understand young people’s drug use. It is based on the latest research and contains practical advice about what you can actually do as a parent, whether your children are using drugs or not.
 
As a parent or guardian you have an important role to play in helping young people make informed decisions about drugs and reducing any potential harm that may arise through drug use, be it illegal or legal.
 
Acting Senior Public Health Manager, Martin Knight said parents and guardians had an important role to play in helping young people make informed decisions about drugs and reducing any potential harm that may arise through drug use, be it illegal or legal.
 
“We really want all parents to know about the serious harms and side effects that can be experienced from using some of these new psychoactive substances,” he said. “If mixed with alcohol the side effects of these substances can be particularly pronounced, including extremely negative changes in mood and behaviour.
 
“We have revised A Parent’s Guide to Drugs to ensure it contains the latest information on the most recently available drugs, as well as up-to-date contact details for organisations providing support and advice.
 
“The Guide is designed to support parents and guardians by giving them information about drugs and their effects, as well as offering age-appropriate suggestions and approaches to having discussions on the issue of drugs with children, which we realise can be a difficult and sensitive area.”

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